Stuttgart vs Munich 1860 by Gustav
Stuttgart was one of the biggest favorites to claim direct promotion before the start of the season, but the team is having too many cold and hot moments for now and need to improve the form and performs positively in consecutive matches in order to climb up further at the table. After nine rounds played, they have five victories, a draw and three defeats, which puts them at sixth position at the moment, still just a point less than third placed Hannover and just two points less than second placed Heidenheim which leaves them enough time to re-group and start performing as one of the best teams, which they surely are.
In the most recent game, the team suffered very heavy and unexpected defeat away from home against modest Dynamo Dresden, side that celebrated impressive 5:0 victory. It simply wasn't the day for Stuttgart's players, who lost concentration towards the end of the first halftime and conceded three goals within six minutes. They desperately tried to get back into the match, but once again got outplayed quickly and conceded two more within two minutes in the second half (74th and 76th minute). They now desperately want to get back on the winning track in front of own crowd and should be able to do so, watching their previous two home matches when they outplayed Braunschweig and Gr Furth, not naive sides at all.
Coach Hannes Wolf continues to miss defensive midfielder Hajime Hoasagai (7/0), but also left winger Tobias Werner (5/0) and forward Simon Terrode (7/2).
Munich 1860 is having downtrend in their form after a positive start, since the team now remains without a victory in last five rounds, having only one point earned and only one goal scored in previous three matches. The team suffered 1:3 defeat against Dusseldorf last weekend, in quite an easy way, without being able to fight much for the points.
Visitors were much more concrete from the very first moment and managed to take 3:0 lead with three goals inside thirty minutes, from sixth to thirty-sixth. Players of Munich tried to react in the repetition, had more ball possession and more chances created, but were only able to reduce the deficit from a penalty kick taken by Liendl in 81st minute.
Visiting coach Kosta Runjaic continues to miss more than a few players, since he can't count at central defender Milos Degenek (6/0), right full back Filip Stojkovic (2/0), left back Sebastian Boenisch (no performance so far), defensive midfielder Goran Sukalo (1/0), wingers Stefan Aigner (3/1), Karim Matmour (9/0) and strikers Ivica Olic (7/0) and Ribamar (no appearance so far).
Stuttgart is still trying to catch their good form, but the team is at least playing regularly fine in front of own crowd. I expect today the same, while Munich remains one of the weakest sides in the league and hosts should be able to get the victory easy or hard.